Receive…

a favorite prayer….

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Prayer of Surrender

(Suscipe)

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory,

my understanding,

and my entire will,

all that I have and possess.

You hast given all to me.

To you, O lord, I return it.

Everything is yours;

do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace,  

for this is sufficient for me.

Ignatius Loyola

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Decision making is hard!

So many choices.

So many possibilities.

So many opportunities.

Some positive & others to be avoided!

As Amy Welbourn explains, “One reason it’s difficult to make choices is that, although all of us have limitations of one sort or another, it’s actually rather shocking how much freedom we really have.”

For example:  If I wanted to, I could do something that addresses my yearning to do something more concretely practical to help with hospice care in our local parish.

I could announce that I’m going to begin story-telling to children again.

Or I could give in to my lifelong fascination with art, and take some art classes!

I could do it.

And maybe I will.

“We can approach the question of decision making from a number of perspectives, but if we’re Christians, and if we really believe that we are made by God and live in a world made by God and for God’s purpose, our only reasonable starting place is that purpose: What does God want?

The Catholic spiritual tradition calls decision making “discernment.” The word implies not coming up with a new idea completely out of our own creativity, but clarifying things so that we can see and understand something that’s already in place: what God wants us to do.

St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, is really the king of discernment in the Catholic tradition. His Spiritual Exercises, written over a couple of decades in the mid-sixteenth century and used by hundreds of thousands in the centuries since, is essentially the structure of a personal retreat dedicated to discernment of God’s will in one’s life. This retreat can take as long as thirty days, and one of its last elements is this prayer:

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and Thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.

It’s called the Suscipe, Latin for “take,” and even if you haven’t prayed it before it might be familiar to you from a contemporary hymn sung in Catholic churches called, not surprisingly, “Take Lord, Receive” and composed by, of course, a Jesuit.

If we’re wondering what to do with our lives, or even with the next fifteen minutes, the Suscipe is a wonderful prayer to fall back on. When it comes to decision making, context is everything, and this is a prayer that instantly puts our decision making into the right context, even when our own words fail us, when our own desires are pulling us in a million directions, and the sawdust is starting to look mighty appealing.” – Amy Wellborn

Suscipe is the Latin word for ‘receive.’

Each day we have the freedom to receive all that God has to give us.

What are you willing to receive from God today?

Are you willing to listen to His direction?

I am praying & verily hoping that you will!

And don’t be too surprised to watch me joining you too!

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Because in the end, although it doesn’t use the word, the Suscipe is…all about love.

See how much He loves us…

hugs n’ blessings for all we shall receive today! 

and the winner is….wait, what?

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Blake Shelton
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Tomorrow night is the 49th Annual CMA Awards held in the United States and I hope Cuppycake and I will be able to  spend a little time watching some of our favorite artists take home a few well-deserved awards! (Not to mention listen to some really great performances and oogle’ over the fabulous fashion styling!)  And whether MY favorites are honored or not, it is always nice to watch people  recognized for their hard-work!  Admittedly, I’m one of those individuals who would rather have ‘participation awards’ for everyone, but I do appreciate & admire the talents of others and am excited for their achievements.

And since the CMA Awards are so huge and will be followed by millions of viewers I have decided to hide among their many accomplishments by taking the opportunity to say thank you to some very special followers who have recognized me with a few blogging awards.  (Imagine my surprise when I was notified!)  I now know what the performers mean when they stand there on stage, award in hand, and cannot come up with the “right words” to thank their voting audience.  I admire so very much the fellow-bloggers who have nominated me that I am giddy-with-excitement to humbly say, “Thank you!”   I fear I’ve been holding on to accepting them out of ‘cyber-stage-fright’ but I truly do want to thank them properly.  There are a few important steps to walk through in accepting these honors in an appropriate way; however, I have condensed the process in fear of ‘running off the cyber-stage’ before I become tippity-tap-typeset-tied & fumble the words!!

Two particular Awards I actually received when I first began blogging:

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I was Awarded The Versatile Blogger Award through Cherry at Cherita Story!  I have enjoyed her youthful, spunky, writing voice and have missed her postings.  She has not written since early 2015 but I do so very much hope-ity-hope she will return! Perhaps my ‘ping-back’ will inspire her to do so!

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Another blogger who has not updated her site for quite a period of time, but was kind enough to award me The Liebster Award was, noplainjanie!   I love, love, love the images, color, and cheerful personality she writes with & I do hope she too returns to her blog-space very soon!!

Last but not least one of my kindest followers, Anand from blabberwockying!  Anand awarded me two separate honors!  The Liebstser Award, the same Award as noplainjanie listed above, and also The Sunshine Blogger Award!  I have loved discovering Anand’s bloggity-blog site as he has exposed my heart & my thoughts to many interesting aspects of living.  He has a courageous spirit and cannot be outdone in his generosity!  He is very affirming to fellow blog-writers and I look forward to reading his perspective on many topics.

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When receiving an Award in cyber-world you are asked to do several things:

*Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person(s) who nominated you!
*Include the Award sticker in the post too and be sure to answer the questions from your nominator(s)!
*Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award! 
*Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

Because I have just now collected the courage to accept these Awards there is a plethora of questions to answer which have piled up from the three wonderful bloggers who nominated me! How I have chosen to handle my dilemma is to take an itty-bitty sampling of questions, (from each of the three,) to answer; so that I do not over-whelm anyone with data, yet hopefully keep it interesting  for you while honoring my nominators! (Fingers-crossed!)

Why exactly do you write?

I have always journaled.  I actually still have old Diaries from my youth and have journaled using various mediums throughout my lifetime.  My blog is an opportunity for me to journal in cyber-space! It is a personal attempt to catalog my thoughts as I tippity-tap-type them off into the cyber-world! 

Do you believe in miracles? If yes, have you ever seen one?

Yes! And yes! First and foremost I do believe the gift of life is not merely scientific…I believe life itself is a miracle.  And that my life has been saved, sinner though I am, by a redeeming God is a miracle. Having said that…there have been two miracles thus far I have been witness to.  While praying a Rosary on a silver-beaded Rosary my husband had custom made for me by a local woman as a Christmas gift…the beads turned from silver to gold in the course of prayer.  This all took place after a pilgrimage to Medjugorje where this has been reported to have happened on multiple occasions.  The prayer intention I had been praying for during this transformation to my Rosary indeed was eventually fulfilled.  (The woman who made the Rosary for me verified in writing she used silver beads, while a local jewelry store verified their now gold composite. This evidence was turned in to the study of miracles at Medjugorje.)  Lastly, I acquired a ‘healing cloth’ during our pilgrimage to Medjugorje, which I took to the hospital with me upon hearing our god-child was gravely ill.  The dr’s at our local hospital gave permission for the cloth to be placed with her, amongst her wrappings, prior to her being air-flighted to a nearby Major Medical Hospital.  Her survival has been said to be ‘miraculous.’ 

Which is your best memory?

Besides the marriage to my husband and birth of my children…reading my favorite childhood book, Island of the Blue Dolphin, while sitting in my favorite Chestnut tree in the side-yard of my childhood home.

Do you feel you are at peace with yourself?

Yes, profoundly…

Who is your guide, guru or counselor?

My Lord, my God, my Saviour!

What makes you feel very good?

When someone asks me to pray for them.  Or values my opinion.

Which quality or habit in your life do you like the most about yourself?

My ability to listen.

What is your best quality?

My loyalty.

Which is more important, Heart or Brain?

Heart.

What are your two greatest quotes of all times?

“The truth is like a lion.  It does not need defending.  Set it free.  It will defend itself.” St. Augustine

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”  Ursula K. LeGuin

The Versatile Blogger Award I pass on to:

oliveole!, Maria at Silence Speaks,  & Phoodie and The Beast!

The Liebster Award I pass on to:

Catherine at Atypical60, Roses Near Running Waters, and Nan at Nan Tubre Writes!

The Sunshine Blog Award I pass on to:

Oneta at Sweet Aroma, Patrick at Red Dog Garage, and darlydarly!

For each of my Award Winners…Please just use the same compilation of 10 questions I used above!

i love that others have enjoyed my cyber-journaling and i love that God has used each of you to bring me such joy!

hugs n’ blessings for all the ways you each have given to me!

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Love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10

Beautiful morning light!

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“Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Psalm 1:1-2

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hugs n’ blessings given from morning till night!